Apple has added a way for users to view iPad titles on its App Store by release date, a viewing method that reveals there are presently 1,422 iPad games available.
The new feature, and the game count, was discovered by consumer weblog Kotaku
. As noted in the report, users previously were forced to use the "search" feature to see games that were not chosen for Apple's "New and Noteworthy" or "What's Hot" categories.
Visibility has been something of a challenge for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad developers in the massively crowded and competitive App Store. And the launch of the iPad saw a further rush for App developers putting titles on the service.
The iPad sold one million units
in its first month on sale, reaching the milestone twice as fast as the iPhone. Many companies who've found success with their iPhone games now see iPad as a unique new frontier for development, searching for ways to use the device's upsized screen, tilt sensitivity and "living room" format for game designs that can't be achieved on the popular iPhone.
Companies with prominence in the iPhone space, like Electronic Arts and Ngmoco, were eager to seize on the new opportunity and backed the iPad with hundreds of games
at launch. Technology companies like Unity have also been quick to extend support
for iPad developers.